Sunday, October 13, 2013 SCHEDULE & RESULTS
Nonis Sports Field, Kelowna, B.C.
UBC Okanagan Heat (5-4-3) vs. Douglas College Royals (7-3-2)
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HEAT SCORING SUMMARY:
1. Enzo Paal (5)
2. Enzo Paal (6)
KELOWNA, B.C. – The UBC Okanagan men’s soccer team was facing a near-mathematical ‘must-win’ scenario Sunday afternoon when they hosed the defending PACWEST champs in the Douglas Royals. Roaring to an early 2-0 start in the first half, the Royals would find a way to tie things up in the final minutes of play for a 2-2 result.
After Saturday’s narrow ouster to the Kwantlen Eagles, Heat coach Dante Zanatta was preaching ‘better ball movement’ and to ‘create more opportunities’. His team responded in kind with fluidic offensive pressure that kept the Royals on their heels for the first half of the match.
“We tasked the players to be individually be 3-5% better,” Zanatta said. “If you put all those together you get a better performance, and I think everybody today did that. As a coach, you can never criticize the group for that. They played better.”
Rookie midfielder Enzo Paal (Coldstream, BC) would score both of the Heat’s points in the match. The first was off of a nice give-and-go with forward Austin Jones (4th year, Vernon, BC), who would pass it off again to Paal and record the assist. The second goal was from a header in front of the net off of a corner kick.
“The first goal was a combination play, things that we didn’t do yesterday,” commented Zanatta postgame. “Moving the ball, getting into spaces—in that aspect I’m very happy.”
The Royals would pick it up in the second half, and rookie Louie Bocolas would put it past keeper Logan Ellis (2nd year, Calgary, AB) for his team’s first point with 21 minutes remaining.
The Heat would continue to get quality shots at the other end, but the ones they would take were off the mark – just wide, just high, too easy for the keeper to handle.
Haedan Turner would score goal number two for the Royals with only 2 minutes left in the game, and the score would stand 2-2 for the tie.
“I think it’s a lack of football maturity,” said coach Zanatta of his team’s allowing for the Royals’ comeback. “You let good teams in the game and they sometimes find ways to score… they’re the best team in the league, but for the vast majority [of the game] we were the better team, and [we] have to finish [our] chances, that’s the reality.
“We go to shoot when we shouldn’t have shot,” he continued explaining how his team was unable to hang on to the lead. “We could have went to the corner, held it and shielded it but we turned, made a pass and gave it away, so just a lot of naïve things in football world.”
The Heat team, clearly looking dejected after tying a crucial game that looked to be in their favor, will have to leave this match behind them in order to focus on next weekend’s matches versus Quest and Langara.
“It’s Tom [Flanagan, assistant coach] and my responsibility as coaches to prepare them, and get them thinking that all you can do is play the game, just the 90 minutes of that day. Forget about the next day, forget about what’s happened … Go out, and if you play well and do things well … I’m a believer if you work hard and do those things right, then you get the so-called ‘luck’, and I think you manufacture your luck in that aspect as well.”
The Heat are now 5-4-3 while the Royals, at 7-3-2, both teams will head into the final weekend with their playoff destiny’s yet to be determined, although Douglas has 23 points both UBC Okanagan and Vancouver Island with 18 points could pass them in the standings. The Heat will wrap up their regular season action next weekend as they host the Quest Kermodes on Saturday and the Langara Falcons on Sunday. Kickoffs are at 2 p.m. both days at the Nonis Sports Field.
The four-team PACWEST provincial championship will be hosted by Vancouver Island University on October 26-27 at the Nanaimo Turf Field.
The Vancouver Island Mariners are currently tied with the Heat at 18 points apiece. Next weekend the Heat will play the winless and eighth-seeded Kermodes, and the second-seeded Falcons. The Mariners, meanwhile, will play the KPU Eagles (7) and the Royals (1) , respectively, with both matches on the road.
In the event of a tie with VIU, the tiebreaker will be determined by the following procedure:
a) The record between the two teams (VIU holds the advantage with a 4-2 win at Nonis Field in September. They played to a 1-1 draw in Nanaimo.)
b) the team with the most league wins
c) the team with the least league losses
d) the team with the best goals for/against ratio for all league games (subtract the goals against from the goals for, the higher number wins)
e) A playoff game to be played at a neutral site